Education leaders across the state welcomed Governor Wolf’s budget proposal on Tuesday with its $100 million increase in state funding for basic education as well as a $25 million increase for special education. The governor’s proposal would mean Conestoga Valley would receive 5.9% more in state funding for the 2017-2018 school year, the highest percentage increase in the state.
Once again, Conestoga Valley is facing a tough budget for the upcoming school year. At their last meeting, the board passed two resolutions: One to apply for exceptions that would allow CV to increase the tax rate above the limit set by the Commonwealth and another to advertise the preliminary budget. The board will vote on the preliminary budget proposal at its February meeting.
We’re just over halfway through the first month of the year, but before we leave 2016 completely behind, I want to acknowledge all of the ways our students and staff reached out to the community over the past few months. Students from every school and every grade level gave back this recent holiday season, helping people in need here at home and around the world.
Parents, teachers, administrators, school bus drivers, our VIA and PTO volunteers, and SOSL and other support staff are just some of the groups that play a vital role in the success of our nearly 4,300 Conestoga Valley students. In January, we recognize another group of nine individuals who spend dozens of hours each month voluntarily leading our schools.
Reflecting on my last winter holiday season as Superintendent of Conestoga Valley School District, I am getting a bit nostalgic. After 19 years in this role, the times I have enjoyed “Holiday Hoedown” by the beginner strings students are probably too numerous to count. My final holiday concert at CV ended with a powerful indoor performance by our HS marching band, showcasing their new uniforms, at the MS last Sunday.
The Conestoga Valley Virtual Academy provides students living within the Conestoga Valley School District flexible scheduling options, rigorous curriculum and the opportunity to earn our diploma in a non-traditional way. Recently, the academy’s elementary students took their first-ever field trip to see a holiday show in Lancaster and bounce around at CV Corporate Sponsor Sky Zone. I invited our Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Donovan Mann, to talk a little more about CVVA and its unique opportunities for students.